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Written by Brent Kelley   
May 12, 2005 at 11:54 AM

Getting fit can help your golf game, and playing golf can help you get or stay fit. But staying healthy during a round of golf is important, too. Here's how to look after yourself while playing.

Here's How:

   Warm up properly. Start slowly with some stretching exercises. Take a few half-speed swings before attempting a full-speed swing.

2.   Protect your skin from the sun. Wear a strong sun block and a cap, or at least a visor, to keep the sun off your face.

3.   Drink plenty of fluids. Take advantage of every water station. If you buy a beverage on the course, make it a sports drink such as Gatorade.

4.   Do NOT drink too much alcohol. Many golfers play as an excuse to drink beer. But alcohol dehydrates and disorients, both of which are bad during a round - and especially after a round.

5.   Lift with your legs. This applies to lifting golf bags in particular - bending at the waist to pick up your bag is an easy way to strain your back.

6.   Be aware! Golf clubs and golf balls can do a lot of damage if you are struck by one. Pay attention out there.

7.   Consult a pro for help with golf-related ailments. Many pros can help with physical fitness - or refer you to a specialist in golf-related injuries.

   If there is lightning anywhere in the area, get off the course immediately! People carrying golf clubs in their hands are at great risk from lightning.

Try a wide-brimmed straw hat rather than a golf cap or visor. The full brim will help protect your neck as well as your face from the sun.
Use a double-strap golf bag instead of a single strap if you are walking. The double-strap bag distributes the weight more evenly on your back and shoulders.
Make sure you're wearing comfortable, well-fitting golf shoes. Ill-fitting shoes can cause pain and longterm problems.

What You Need:
Golf hat
Golf sunglasses
Double strap golf bag
Sun block
Sports drinks
Last Updated ( Oct 24, 2005 at 01:13 PM )

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